Wednesday 26 April 2017

Global village: Melanie Griffith stays mellow in Aspen

Chilling out - Melanie Griffith has a home in Aspen
Chilling out - Melanie Griffith has a home in Aspen
Melanie Griffith
Anna Coogan

Anna Coogan

Oscar-nominated Melanie Griffith took some time out to go skiing in Aspen, and the 59-year-old glowed with health while spending time in the posh Colorado ski resort.

According to aspenchamber.org, longer, sunnier days and surprising powder storms make Aspen a spring skiing paradise. Biking is popular in the resort in spring, when the trails are thawing and town is warming up.

And if many people head out of the beautiful mountain town in the heart of the Colorado Rockies once spring rolls around, it is just when the snow is melting and the river is rising, that the fish are feeding like crazy in the deep pools.

It makes fly fishing a great pastime in Aspen around the month of April.

Plus, with the buzz of the winter crowds gone, many local lodgings and businesses around town offer various deals and discounts to visitors in spring.

Fantastic trips for every budget

Forbes.com has listed some budget destinations for 2017.

■ Northern Vietnam. The region north of Hanoi along the Chinese border often gets overlooked by travellers but has sensational scenery and culture. Rice terraces, towering mountains and twisting roads all add to the adventure.

■ Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. With 93pc of the nation covered in mountains and a rich history and culture that goes back thousands of years, Kyrgyzstan is one of the most spectacular and underrated countries in the world. The capital city, Bishkek, is a hub for exploring Central Asia.

■ Lisbon, Portugal. Lisbon offers a good mix of museums, historic buildings, eclectic music and nightlife, and squares and cafes to watch the world go by. Plus, it costs much less than many other European destinations.

■ Seoul, South Korea. Seoul is a fascinating metropolis filled with high-tech infrastructure, modern skyscrapers, historic buildings, a large expat scene and delicious Korean food all at rock bottom prices.

■ Bucharest, Romania. With several centuries of architecture the city offers an interesting display of old and new. There are plenty of museums, cemeteries, historical sites to explore, plus wild nightlife and cheap, hearty food to be found.

Keep your pooch sitting pretty

Pets.webmd.com has some tips on how to stop your dog getting carsick. Your dog will experience fewer nauseating visual cues if he faces forward while you're travelling, rather than looking out the side windows. Plus lower your car windows a couple of inches while the car is moving. This helps balance the air pressure inside the car with the air pressure outside.

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